Sagicor’s Inspire Project was launched last Friday at the Toyota Jamaica Showroom on Old Hope Road in the form of a cocktail event.
120 tertiary students across Jamaica were hand–picked, based either on their outstanding Grade Point Average (GPA) or their presidential status within an organisation, club or society at their institution. They were welcomed to the event by the host for the evening, Alysia White, Sagicor’s Promotional and Special Projects Manager and Chief Coordinator on the INSPIRE Project.
Although not all invitees were present at the invitation-only event, they filled the showroom with enthusiasm and eagerness to be a part of the pilot project. One such student is Derrick Saddler of the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI), who expressed his appreciation for being acknowledged by Inspire Project for his hard work. He commented,
“it is a good feeling, working hard pays off. This is unexpected, especially to be identified by Sagicor, it’s just more motivation to continue working hard.”
Saddler who is studying to enter the pastoral field conveyed that he wanted to target the younger population of Jamaica and encourage them to reposition their values. He hopes that through the inspiration of the programme he can go beyond being a pastor but rather a Caribbean theologian and break new ground.
According to Vice President, Group Marketing of Sagicor Jamaica, Ingrid Card, the undertaking is an inspirational tool for the Jamaica’s future leaders. “This project is about youths and their journey to success. We want to stay away from the notion that our end goal is to sell but rather to inspire these young people so that they can in turn help the country,” stated Card.
The project will conclude with a weekend motivational retreat from October 21-23 at the Hilton Resort and Spa. Here students will be facilitated by the Sagicor Group Leadership team and other robust motivational speakers.
Article by student journalist, Crystal Tayor.
Photos by student photojournalist, Shorn Hector.